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The University of Sydney has for the second year in a row taken out line honours for the team category at the 2019 GrainGrowers Crops Competition held in South Australia this week. GrainGrowers Crops Competition brings together students from across Australia and internationally and enables them to apply their classroom knowledge to on-farm conditions.

Students took part in a mixture of theory and hands-on tests covering agronomics and farm business management. Challenges included seed identification, in-field crop inspections, weed identification and diagnosing crop diseases.

It was a United States victory over Australia in the individual category with Luke Ryan from Kansas State taking out first place. The top three Australian individual students will now be heading to the United States courtesy of GrainGrowers to take part in a Crops Competition there.

“GrainGrowers is excited to provide opportunities like Crops Competitions that nurtures the future of our grains industry” said David McKeon, GrainGrowers CEO. “We also enjoyed seeing how many of our growers via our social media channels could identify some of the seeds that the students had to name.

“Congratulations to all the teams who took part, it was great to see the enthusiasm and energy of everyone involved. The knowledge and skills demonstrated by the leading ag university students this week provides me with confidence that our industry is in good hands”

2019 competing universities:
  • Kansas State
  • South Dakota State
  • La Trobe
  • Charles Sturt University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • Scienze e Technologie Agro-alimentari
2019 university winners:
  • 1st place: University of Sydney
  • 2nd place: Kansas State
  • 3rd place: Charles Sturt University
2019 individual winners:
  • 1st place: Luke Ryan, Kansas State
  • 2nd place: Meg Brown, University of Sydney
  • 3rd place: Ryan Malone, Charles Sturt University
  • 4th place: Zali Mahony, University of Sydney



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